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    Clifford Read

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  1. '31 Ford Model A Pickup Hot Rod

    I’ve just completed this little deep purple hot rod pickup using , with only a couple of minor exceptions, stuff languishing in my parts bin….things in desperate need of rescue. The only exceptions were the photoetch grille, gage cluster, teardrop tail-lights, and license plate frame from a Model Car Garage Deuce PE detail set. The Model A pickup body was mostly complete but many of its accessories were either broken or missing so it was a prime candidate for being modified into a traditional hot rod. Like most traditional hot rodders, I much prefer the look of the Deuce (‘32 Ford) grill shell over any of the various Model A Ford grille shells and, fortunately, I have copious incomplete Revell deuce kits bought as parts suppliers mostly for their chrome reverse wheels and Covico style steering wheels, so I was able to use the grille shell as well as the simulated rubber running board detail from one of those. Because of the different top contour of the Deuce shell compared to the Model A version, I fabricated a new engine hood top in sheet brass to accommodate the Deuce shell with the Model A cowl. The motor is modified from a ‘parts-bin ’57 Chevy 283 mated to an automatic transmission and the rear axle is one from a late 50s Chev pickup, complete with semi-elliptic leaf springs. I chose to shorten the Model A pickup box a scale 5 inches (a typical hot-rodder’s trick), the interior is typical custom roll-n-pleat (seat formed from Renshape with the addition of model railroad styrene building-siding to simulate the pleated upholstery), and a bed-mounted, handmade, polished aluminum fuel tank replaces the original (dangerous) Model A cowl gravity tank. The covered fender mounted spare wheel/tire is lathe-turned from Renshape, and the custom dual exhaust system is formed from polished aluminum tubing. The wheels are chrome reverse from Pegasus with ‘mystery’ tires from my parts bin. The project has taken approximately one month, starting in December 2018, and finishing in early January 2019. The main paint is custom mixed deep pearl purple automotive basecoat/clearcoat.
  2. My 2018 model (singular).

    Hi Peter, Quality over quantity! You always do beautiful work and this Jag is fabulous. Gorgeous photography as well. Congratulations
  3. 2018: A really enjoyable hobby year

    Although most of my model building happens in the Fall/ Winter/Spring seasons, I even managed to find time during our Ottawa 2018 summer heat wave to build a couple of refrigerated straight trucks. I wish you all a great Xmas season and a Happy/Healthy New Year. Cheers! 1/25 '33 Ford Sedan Delivery hot rod 1/24 '55 Ford Custom 1/24 '57 Canadian Pontiac stock six-cylinder sedan delivery 1/32 Aoshima Hino Ranger 4E reefer 1/32 Aoshima Fuso FU Reefer 1/20 Honda garden tiller
  4. Although these are quite tiny resin models, NEO has done an admirable job of proportion, detail, and finish. I love '50s era integrated sleepercabs so the 921B was an absolute 'must have'. Since NEO does not offer era appropriate highway trailers for their models, I wound up modifying some old '50s era Aurora kit trailers (I've collected many old glue-bombs of those trailers so that I'd never have to use one of their cool original kits). I added the air and electrical tractor-to-trailer connections as my only modifications to the two NEO tractors. The Diamond T 921B/ van represents a 30 foot reefer trailer that would be an interurban transport depicting a maximum length rig that could load and deliver in downtown settings. The 921 with highway tanker represents a 36 foot tanker that wouldn't be required to deliver in congested urban settings. The green trailer is an original Aurora tanker trailer that I built and painted (from another glue-bomb' around 30 years ago). It looked too short to represent a highway trailer, so I modified one to look more appropriate.
  5. '57 Pontiac stock Sedan Delivery

    I received a note from Joe Zrodlowski in Brooklin N.Y. that Freeman Supply co. offered a sample kit of various modeling materials, including RenShape: https://www.freemansupply.com/products/machinable-media-sample-kit Fortunately for me, when I retired from my Industrial design job a few years ago, I was able to keep a bunch of RenShape offcuts from previous design projects, giving me a 'lifetime supply' of chunks of the stuff, suitable for my model car needs. I would suggest getting in touch with some design model shops in your area to see if you can purchase some of their offcuts. They may even be happy to give the small chunks away. The denser versions of RenShape are more suitable for model car use since its paintable without getting air bubbles.
  6. '57 Pontiac stock Sedan Delivery

    Actually (luckily), the basic motor, representing the Chevy 235" six, comes in the West Coast Choppers low-rider toy. Some of the accessories are a bit crude but the block as well as the intake and exhaust manifolds aren't bad at all. The Pontiac 261" motor was based on the Chevy six with mainly internal differences so, with some green paint and a bit of detailing, it looks accurate in the Pontiac. The low-rider toy has the motor painted orange which in a stock Chevy should be a blue color (it was called a 'Blue Flame Six') and in the Pontiacs, the motor would be green from the factory. The motors were physically interchangeable (externally), so if you see a restoration with the wrong color motor, it usually means the car has had a rebuilt replacement at some point.
  7. '57 Pontiac stock Sedan Delivery

    A year ago, one of my previous projects was a ’57 Chevy sedan delivery using a cheap low-rider toy car as the starting material. The toy had lots of proportion issues but the station wagon structure was remarkably accurate. That model had turned out well and, during my research of the real vehicle’s details, I also came across lots of info on the rarer Pontiac version of the ’57 sedan deliveries. All of Pontiac’s sedan delivery production in ’57, as well as a few previous years, had been built on Pontiac’s Canadian assembly line in Oshawa , Ontario and, as with other Canadian Pontiacs at the time, were built on a Chevrolet platform….shorter wheelbase, Chevy based motors, chassis, and some upholstery trim. The sedan deliveries were commercial vehicles based on the Pontiac Pathfinder entry level station wagon series, but since Pontiacs were considered a slightly more premium vehicle line than the Chevies, even the basic sedan delivery used the regular bench seat instead of the Chevy’s utility bucket seats and also used a deluxe steering wheel from the Chevy line. The six cylinder motor for Canadian ’57 Pontiacs (the American versions came only with V8s) had 261 cu. inches with 148 advertised horsepower. This motor was based on Chevy’s 235cu. in. six, but not available on the Chevy passenger line. Like the Chevy sedan deliveries, most current Pontiac SD restorations now sport lots of deluxe trim and V8 power, but the original vehicles were intended as work horses and the vast majority of them left the factory with six cylinder motors. The production versions all left the assembly line with the basic Pathfinder trim, upholstery, and rubber floor mats. There were only 857 Pontiacs Sedan Deliveries manufactured in 1957 and, with those low numbers, the Pontiac sedan delivery model lasted only one more year before production ceased. I enjoy building 1/25 or 1/24 stock vehicles that aren’t otherwise available as toys or mainstream kits and I’d begun to accumulate the starting material I’d require for the Pontiac SD model months in advance. Another West Coast Choppers toy low-rider ’57 Chevy wagon was bought cheaply on Ebay , missing the engine hood trim (fortunately, I wouldn’t need any of the Chevy trim), and a Unique Replicas Chevy Nomad coin bank toy would supply the firewall, steering wheel, and basic chassis starting material. I already had a damaged Franklin Mint ‘57 Pontiac Bonneville parts car that would supply the much needed Pontiac grille, bumpers, and lights. Most of these various parts would require a good deal of modification to be suitable as the Canadian Pontiac but heck, if it was too easy, I probably wouldn’t have been interested in the project. One of my lucky breaks was finding that the ’69 Revell COPO Nova small hubcaps could be relatively easily modified to represent the basic ’57 Pathfinder hubcaps. I used Renshape (a resin based modeling material) to fabricate the wagon style fuel tank, low profile oil bath air filter, and the folding bench seat. Side trim was formed from stainless jewelry wire, and most of the interior was fabricated using styrene sheet. Other fabricated detail included an opening fuel filler door, and chassis parking brake detail. The body paint is automotive basecoat/clearcoat to approximate the available Pontiac Pathfinder Malabar Yellow.
  8. What to do w/junker 4x4s and Toros

    Here's a pic of the 1/24 De Havilland Beaver float plane ....a promo from Canadian Mist liquor. It's simple but well proportioned

    A few of mine from over the years
  10. Although Jay Leno thought it looked like a Ford Y-Block, they later revised that to say it was likely based on a Chrysler Imperial motor and transmission. Some reports even describe the motor as like a small-block Chevy, but I don't believe it's any of those as the exhaust and spark-plug area looks more like the Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Pontiac, Packard, Hudson, Studebaker motors of the era, but unlike any of those, the engine compartment shows a forward mounted distributer. It certainly looks American in shape though. China had close ties to Russia at the time and the Russian ZILs were copying the Packards for a lot of their early lineage so perhaps they got the drivetrain from Russia. Interestingly, the display engine on the stand includes a rear mounted distributer.....perhaps a production running change.
  11. If you'd still like to buy a 'Danbury Mint quality' diecast automobile in 1/24 scale, check out Century Dragon's recently released up-quality diecast Red Flag CA770 Chinese limosine, also known as a HongQi. This is an elegantly styled vehicle originally introduced in 1958. Some of you may remember around 20 years ago, Kader Industries offered a version of this vehicle but it was quite expensive (significantly more than FM or DM 1/24 cars then) and although it was well done for that time, this recent Century Dragon version is so much more advanced and detailed and also, surprisingly, much less expensive. The suggested price is listed at US$99, but many vendors have it at less than that. I paid $90 plus EMS speedy shipping The model comes mounted on a finished woodgrain base with a plaque specifying the limited number. The seats are finished in a suede like finish and the two extra jump seats fold down in the passenger area. The trunk mounted spare accurately depicts the rear of an unmounted wheel and there's also a simulated set of trunk mounted batteries. The black paint on the body is absolutely smooth and glossy with plated trim showing no sprues or burrs. Their website shows a plethera of other limosines and Chinese vehicles in a variety of scales including a few in 1/24 to go along with this. I took these pics on the same afternoon that the model arrived at my door
  12. Mullins trailers

    Years ago, I managed to modify one from a damaged Franklin Mint '33 Ford police car.
  13. Where are all the Canucks from on here?

    Born south of Montreal (Quebec), then off to college in Halifax (Nova Scotia), then to Toronto (Ontario), and finally, in 1974, to the Ottawa (Ontario) area.
  14. This kit was manufacturered over 20 years ago and I believe it was probably one of Trumpeter's first attempts at a car kit....the 1/24 scale Chinese Red Flag CA770 limosine, also known as a Hong QI. The kit was fairly rough and not particularly accurate proportionally but it was a fun challenge. The box art is one of the worst illustrations I've seen on a kit and it almost kept me from chancing it. I do kind of like the finished product though andI'm glad I took up the Challenge. Paint is automotive basecoat/clearcoat